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Is There Still a Place Within Gaming for The Evil Within?

The survival horror genre began with Capcom's Resident Evil back in 1996.

Capcom coined and codified the term "survival horror," moving away from the idea of a straight action game to something slower, more lonely, and more terrifying. Resident Evil succeeded because the player is always tense, always wondering if they'll be able to forage enough ammo, always wondering if there's something worse around the next corner or through the next door.

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IGiveHugs2NakedWomen1347d ago (Edited 1347d ago )

@"In the $60$ disc-based market, horror doesn’t fly"

When Silent Hills is released, Cliff Blezinski (Gears Of War) will be eating those words.

Survival Horror has an audience. Alien Isolation and Outlast have proved that. The reason why I don't consider The Evil Within to be "survival" horror is because in the game, there are far too many ways to survive encounters with enemies. A survival horror game should instill confusion, desperation, a feeling of being enclosed, isolated, and knowing that the grim reaper is a few minutes behind you and you need to do what you can to stay ahead of it.

The Evil Within is a good game, but let's call it what it is, an action game with zombies, blood, guts, and gore.
It loses it's horror potential because it caters entirely too much to casual gamers. If developers are going for survival horror, think of the words separately, "Survive" and "Horror." Outlast and P.T. understand what survival horror means perfectly. The Evil Within needs to be VHS 2 scary, unfortunately it's "Night Of The Living Dead" horror and that type of horror just isn't scary.

Jdoki1347d ago

I know enough people who enjoyed The Evil Within, so yeah, my anecdotal evidence would suggest it has a place.

No one has said it was revolutionary or original, but a fun game is a fun game - and people like to play horror games for the same reason they watch horror movies - sometimes they are cheesy, sometimes scary, and sometimes they are action packed and so on.

This year we have seen a resurgence of horror titles from jump scares, to psychological horror, to action horror; I hope that continues.

--bienio--1347d ago

Great game,great gameplay , the evil within is addicting;) 9/10 for me:)

LightofDarkness1347d ago

Bah, the game is good. It's not a 10/10 but if you're a fan of cheesy, OTT Japanese horror than you've little to complain about here, really.

I think reviewers expected too much with this.

Baka-akaB1347d ago (Edited 1347d ago )

For once i think they were nitpicking the right amount , especially when half the promo of the game was that it's the creation of "horror god Shinji Mikami" .

But it's definitively twisted that , as usual , a title get singled out and take the brunt force of the press , while many hype machines get free passes . Hell Resident Evil itself never get that kind of aggressive reviewing , when it would easily fall apart at the seams

Baka-akaB1347d ago (Edited 1347d ago )

I'm not a huge fan ,it's a good game , i think it could be much better , and might be in sequels .

However the game's current sales success kinda proves there is room for it no ?

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